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Vote (and Here’s Why)

Vote (and Here’s Why)

Closeup of a mans hand checking boxes as if filling out a ballot

Vote
Because it’s a mitzvah to do
Vote
Because you’re an American Jew
Vote
Because it’s your civic duty
Vote
To bring the world more values, more beauty
Vote
Because you’ll be guiding the nation
Vote
Because not voting is an abdication
Vote
Because more important than your chatter
Vote
You’re representing values that really matter
Vote
For our Jewish values that encompass
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Torah’s call for chesed (kindness), rachamim (compassion) and tzedek (justice)
Vote
Do not be numb
Vote
Because it’s part of tikkun olam
Vote
(Especially if you’re a thirty- or twenty-something)
Vote
(Because yes, your vote actually means something)
Vote
Your ballot will require time to peruse
Vote
Then check off whomever you choose
Vote
Instead of lying awake
Vote
Because there’s too much at stake
Vote
Because you’re American Jew
Vote
And make sure your friends and your kids (if you have them) vote too

Learn more about the Reform Jewish community's civic engagement work at www.rac.org/cec

Rabbi Paul Kipnes the spiritual leader of Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, CA. He serves as rabbinic dean at URJ Camp Newman in Santa Rosa, CA, and as vice president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Rabbi Kipnes and his wife Michelle November co-wrote Jewish Spiritual Parenting: Wisdom, Activities, Rituals and Prayers for Raising Children with Spiritual Balance and Emotional Wholeness (Jewish Lights). He also co-edited a national CCAR Journal issue on New Visions for Jewish Community. Under his leadership, Congregation Or Ami has won national awards for social justice programming, for innovative worship programming, for outreach to interfaith families, and for engaging family education, and for best overall use of technology in a synagogue. Or Ami also wins the hearts of its families for its Henaynu caring community, which reaches out during times of need. He serves on the Rhea Hirsch School of Jewish Education clinical faculty at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. His writings can be viewed on his blog, Or Am I? He tweets @RabbiKip.

 

 

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